In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record-holder, and his coach Garvais Hakizaman passed away in a traffic accident. The Kenyan athlete, who was just 24 years old, had achieved an incredible feat when he broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds with his time of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago Marathon in October 2023.
Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga confirmed the news of Kiptum’s death and expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero. The athletic community is also mourning the loss of this talented young athlete.
Prior to his tragic accident, Kiptum had won two marathons in 2023 – the first in London with a time of 2:01.25 and then he set a new world record in Chicago. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
The news of Kiptum’s death has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running, leaving many to reflect on his incredible achievements and mourn his untimely passing.